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La Bonne Cuisine Catering and Events

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La Bonne Cuisine chefs offer a unique perspective and approach to catering. They incorporate classic French technique into world cuisine, while using the best ingredients, including local and seasonal, as much as possible. Our food is always surprising;

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17 October 2019

If you read the negative reviews here they're all from the same party with 500+ people, but La Bonne just did our 175 person wedding and we couldn't have been happier! We worked with Fernando and felt like VIPs the entire time, we made a few special requests for sides and passed apps that they met with no questions asked. They have a great menu but if you want something specific they will with with you to make it happen. The staff was super friendly, professional and efficient. I used to work in catering so I was keeping an eye out for that. I would definitely recommend going with La Bonne for your event. More...

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26 February 2019

Amazing people and food, through and through.

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28 December 2018

My company's used the twice for Christmas party, Amazing!

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10 November 2018

La Bonne was amazing! People couldn't stop talking about how delicious our food was at our wedding! They were professional, fun and open to all options we inquired about. I would absolutely use them again for any event we plan next! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

29 July 2018

Very Well runned Company.The Food not only cab be classified as works of Art is also Delicious.Very Knowledgeable and well trained staff...

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28 July 2018

Fernando and team are TOP NOTCH! Their warehouse showcases their creative decor and love that they hire local people and are eco-friendly. The food was the big hit of the party! We had a cheese and fruit display, Indian curry station (samosas, chicken Tikka Masala, and Channa Masala), Tuscany station (creamy polenta, braised beef, mushrooms, salad), and World Tacos. We also had the best bartender and servers! We had more than enough food. For the price of hiring two food trucks, we were able to have this wonderfully catered feast with gorgeous table decor! More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

27 May 2018

The best people. The best food! Period!

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27 May 2018

Surprised to see the negative comments posted about La Bonne Cuisine, although none have any supportive information. I have been using them for over 10 for all of my upscale events in our corporate law firm with nothing but praise from all those that attend. They are my go to caterer and always make me shine. More...

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27 May 2017

Great services and great customer support in all your questions about events and decorations.

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21 February 2017

I am not a frequent yelper, but had to come on here to say how amazing it was to work with Fernando, Amanda and Christophe for our wedding! Just got married at Chabot Space and Science Center on Sunday and from the very start they helped make the process enjoyable and smooth. My husband and I were figuring things out as we went, but they gave us great advice and guided us through the process all along the way. They were incredibly quick and responsive to our questions and emails.We only met with a couple caterers, but immediately the hospitality and professionalism at La Bonne stood out. Once we did our tasting, we were hooked! The decor surrounding the buffets and on the tables was amazing and we have already gotten a lot of compliments on the delicious food. Fernando threw in the table centerpieces at no cost, which fit perfectly with our venue. Also we were soooo thankful that the staff made sure we ate! They made special plates for us from both the passed hors d'ouevres and the buffet.We had a wonderful experience and truly got to enjoy all the details of our wedding. And picking La Bonne as our caterer was definitely a part of that! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

7 July 2016

For the past nine years, La Bonne Cuisine has been hosting our Holiday Party.  Every year the team comes up with new ideas to make our event a success.  Five Stars for: Quality and selection of food, for the amazing presentation and for the professionalism, friendliness and flexibility of the staff.  Looking forward to many more. More...

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19 January 2016

Let me just put this out into the universe before I say anything more - FERNANDO IS SIMPLY THE BEST. Besides saying "yes" to my husband, choosing La Bonne to cater our wedding may have been my best decision yet. ;) I had such an amazing experience from start to finish and we loved that they are a certified green business. I found La Bonne through our venue's preferred vendors list and from the very first meeting through our to our amazing ceremony and reception, I never once doubted my decision. I had several meetings with Fernando, including the tasting (which the husband was QUITE happy to help with) and I felt like he and I just clicked. He knew exactly what I envisioned, sometimes before I knew how to vocalize it, and he made my planning experience so much easier. I was calling my theme "woodsy chic" and everything about La Bonne just fit right into it, which meant I didn't need a lot of extra decor. We decided to plan our own wedding instead of hiring a wedding planner,  so we decided that for the event, Fernando would be the primary vendor and coordinate with my other vendors. The day of, it turned out that Anthony was on point for the event, but Fernando was there for set up. I think Anthony must have figured out how to be in  places at once because he was everywhere, making sure things were running smoothly. Everything looked amazing - between the floral designs we added through Pat Gibbons Floral (we connected to her through La Bonne) and the organically beautiful decor La Bonne showcases around their food, I was blown away. The staff was professional, friendly and courteous and made our big night that much more meaningful. And now for the food.... the food was incredibly good, and not just "for a wedding". I mean, seriously RIDICULOUSLY good (coming from the gal who didn't even eat that much of it!), especially given the fact that my venue has no kitchen so they finished everything in a temporary set-up. We opted to go with a buffet and everything we selected was delicious. Passed Hors d'oeuvres:Flourless mini Farmers market quicheGrilled Chicken SatayHerbs of Provence Marinated ShrimpSalads:Baby Spinach SaladBow Tie Pasta SaladMain: Fire Roasted Mendocino ChickenGrilled Beef Tri TipSidesMashed potatoes & CauliflowersSauteed Green BeansVegetarian option: Three Cheese TortelliniI could not have asked for a more perfect match for what my husband and I wanted for our wedding. La Bonne, Fernando, Anthony & the entire team definitely delivered! Our wedding was in October 2015 (I'm waaaay behind on reviews, but I got my thank you cards out!) and since then, I've gotten so many compliments from our guests on how everything turned out and I know that Fernando and La Bonne were a big part of that. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

11 December 2015

FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE!!!  Christophe and his staff were amazing !  The food was great, set up was perfect.   We had the event tat the Conservatory of Flowers so they had to set up an outdoor kitchen for the dining pavilion, not a problem.  The staff entered and exited the room unnoticed. Our year end celebration was attended by 150 guests.  We had to pre-order meals - not an issue, they worked with us on the menu selections made wine recommendations that were perfect.   We wanted two signature cocktails, not a problem, told them what the team liked and they created two great cocktails. We needed tables, linens, centerpieces and a band, they took care of everything.  They flowed with all the adds, changes, modifications that were made all the way up to the day of the event.  I would highly recommend them.  La Bonne is a one stop shop, classy service!  Thank you for making my event a success! More...

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26 September 2015

My husband and I used La Bonne for our wedding of ~60 people and working with Fernando was an absolute pleasure. He is a consummate professional, and from the first sip of the portabella bisque at our tasting I was already a "yes", but then it was just so easy working with him in the planning process as well, from delivery to his staff. On the actual day of the wedding  it seemed like one of the staff members had personally assigned herself to trying to get me to eat a little something, and making sure the bridal party's glasses were always filled. It was a perfect day and Fernando and his team were a big part of it. More...

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13 August 2015

Christophe and his team were above and beyond in listening to my needs as the customer in terms of budget, mood and end goal.  Not to mention his ability to keep a sense of humor and still maintain proposals with the perfect amount of detail was probably what made my decision. He was fabulous at offering menus with variety and creative twists, decoration flare that stayed in my budget but completely captured the vibe and feel I was going for. They were on time, professional and managed the event perfectly with the venue.  My boss was very happy which made me happy. More...

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29 July 2015

I could go on about how great the food is, (try the mushroom soup!), or the elegant plating, or imaginative decor but what really sets La Bonne apart is the service. Witty, charming, fun, knowledgeable, and FLEXIBLE. They have gone out on a limb for the most last minute of events and didn't crack under pressure. I wouldn't trust anybody else to do such a remarkable job. At my sisters wedding I should have made a toast to La Bonne. As someone who has worked in the food industry I know hard work when I see it, and they have their shit together. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

15 July 2015

Our wedding was perfect.  The reason - La Bonne Cuisine.  From start to finish, they were the utmost professionals and gave us a wedding weekend that was nothing short of truly amazing.  We had three events: rehearsal dinner, wedding reception and next-day brunch all at Skyfall in Berkeley.  Together they managed the planning, organization, logistics, catering, staffing and last but certainly not least, floral magic. We were lucky enough to work with many members of LBC on our event, each adding unique elements to our events.  I cannot thank Christophe, Sebastien, Amanda, Fernando, Kent, Peter, Rondha, and the rest of the staff for an amazing weekend our family, friends and certainly we will never forget. More...

Reviewed on Yelp

3 July 2015

Fabulous! I recently had them cater a real estate brokers open house for a friends multi million dollar estate and I was beyond impressed. Their attention to detail was amazing and they really listened to what I wanted the cuisine to communicate regarding the property. I wanted the food to be reflective of the properties aesthetic. The food was delicious and presentation and execution was fabulous. Needless to say I was blown away and will be using this company for all of my events going forward. More...

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3 July 2015

These guys do an amazing job and every events I have been catered by them was perfect.La Bonne Cuisine go above and beyond to make your party match your expectation. Their food is unique tasty and well presented and they offer any type of cuisine.Their flower design is on of the most beautiful I have ever seen.I highly recommend them for any catering event you need. More...

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1 July 2015

I have attended multiple events catered by La Bonne Cuisine including a 3-day wedding weekend and a memorial service.In both events the food was as good as can be, but what really stuck out to me was the professionalism, kindness, and personality of the staff. They were eager to help and clearly value their clients and guests. Now to the food - what you would expect from a high end catering company, that specialized in gourmet food. Prime rib, salmon, mashed potatoes, green beans, cornish game hen, all of it delicious! Seriously, La Bonne Cuisine is a terrific company that makes great food and treats all clients and guests with the highest level of respect and professionalism. More...

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28 June 2015

I recently had an amazing dinning experience with La Bonne Cuisine. The whole event was set up with such care and perfection. The food was incredibly sophisticated and delicious. The staff were wonderfully pleasant and on point. I'm pretty sure my wine glass was never empty but for a moment. However, what I was so very impressed with was the high level of quality the food maintained despite the fact that it was served from a buffet (beautifully decorated). There was prime rib cooked to a perfect medium and that pretty pink never left the meat.  The food was never cold yet never tasted over done either.  This is a true talent that this organization has mastered.  Outstanding La Bonne, thank you! More...

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26 June 2015

I recently went to a wedding that La Bonne Cuisine catered that was absolutely lovely!For the food: They had plenty of amazing appetizers that they served very quickly after the ceremony. Servers brought around some small cups of mushroom soup, shrimp, samosas, as well as a few other things. All of them were super delish and served by the plenty so everyone was able to have their fill. The dinner that followed after was fantastic! I had some of all the main courses (prime rib, salmon and chicken) and all the sides (veggies, mashed potatoes) and licked my plate clean. Needless to say, I was extremely satisfied and still found room to enjoy two pieces of cake :)Presentation: Out of this world! They really did a wonderful job setting up the venue. The tables were set up so they were cozy and social, but there still plenty of room to get up and roam around. The table decorations were particularly cool, all beautiful and interesting. Honestly, it seemed like something out of a movie. Staff: Super super friendly and eager to help with whatever was needed.Overall, they did a really wonderful job and I'm looking forward to going to another LBC event in the future! More...

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24 June 2015

I recently attended a wedding that La Bonne catered. Both the service and the food were fantastic. There was a good variety of hor d'oeuvres including delicious mushroom soup cups and shrimp skewers. They had set up a beautiful buffet for the wedding dinner featuring salmon, prime rib and roasted chicken.  The prime rib was cooked to perfection and being freshly sliced by the catering staff. The staff was very helpful and attentive. La Bonne also catered a brunch the next day with a made to order crepe station and delicious spread of bagels, toppings and fruits.   Overall great food and great service. More...

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23 June 2015

The next time I need to plan a catered event, there is no question.I cannot express how amazing this caterer is -- their professionalism and mastery of their craft is impressive. I have nothing but great things to say about the level of service, the food, and the overall experience with La Bonne Cuisine.They handled two recent events for us, one very last-minute and the other was for the our wedding. On both occasions, they clearly communicated and offered nothing less than the best service I have experienced in ANY industry.The food for our wedding was EPIC; every guest that I have been in contact with immediately commented on how the food was not "wedding food". Even people that I wouldn't have expected to notice have commented on the quality of the food, recalling various aspects of the hors d' oeuvres and side dishes. We even had a few guests that are in the culinary industry themselves, who were more than impressed.The service is another level -- every respect and courtesy was extended to our family and friends. They were attentive and ready to handle any situation, and their attention to detail was unsurpassed.EDIT: Christophe and Sebastian are absolutely the best that there is. More...

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23 June 2015

I went to a wedding recently at which La Bonne Cuisine was the caterer.... And the food was absolutely delicious!! The hors d'oeuvres were amazing! People actual tried to locate their conversations closer to the servers entrance so they could grab another shrimp or mushroom soup sipper! It was like we were at a Michelin star restaurant and the chef was sending out delicious little tasting teasers!When it came time for the main meal, there were two gorgeous buffet tables, constantly being replenished with fresh hot entrees and side dishes. The salmon was cooked perfectly!! There were so many options, it was hard to choose, and you didn't have to! I had prime rib, chicken, and salmon!!! (Such a fat kid when it comes to delicious food!) The attendants were incredibly nice and helpful, offering impeccable service. Everything was as beautiful as it was delightfully tasty! Several of the guests went back for seconds and some even went for thirds!The next morning the bride and groom hosted a lovely brunch to see them off to their honeymoon. La Bonne Cuisine came through again! There was even a crepe station!!! That's as awesome as it sounds! Fresh crepes made to order! They were offering ham or turkey, but when another guest requested a vegetarian crepe, they made him an amazing veggie filled treat!!Food at a wedding, or any major event, is such an important part of making an amazing experience. From the hors d'oeuvres to the main course to the morning after brunch, I was thoroughly impressed!! I definitely recommend their services for your next event! More...

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23 June 2015

Went to a wedding recently catered by La Bonne-phenomenal! Super yummy and accommodating. Will definitely recommend and use in the future!

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25 April 2015

I have been working with La Bonne Cuisine on a professional basis for nearly 10 years. So I had no hesitation in hiring them personally for our wedding day. We had a custom-made menu (many caterers will ask you to stick with their wedding menu), they accommodated our vegan and gluten free options without making our guest feel they were having a "a different menu". The event staff was discreet and very helpful. The amazing Amanda coordinated with our tent and bathrooms vendors, and did a great job coordinating with our on-site go-to person. Our wedding was flawless - and we truly believe it is because we hired the best caterer and event company in this area. More...

Reviewed on WeddingWire

9 February 2015

We hired La Bonne Cuisine for an event at Terra Gallery for 400 and they were amazing to work with!Professional, thorough and really had the client experience in mind. Presentation was beautiful, their aesthetic was modern and the food was delicious. They also very creative dessert presentation which was a conversation starter.The team was experienced and great to work with. I recommend their services for any event! More...

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4 January 2015

We used La Bonne Cuisine for our wedding last October, and I'm so glad we did!  The biggest difference between them and all our other catering options was their included creative decor and serving options. Just check out their station and passing tray photos; most of those come standard, seriously! Not only did everything look modern and amazing, but the food tasted good too. We got so many comments on how wonderful the food was. We were very confident in leaving the majority of the details in their hands and enjoyed our big day. Extra shout out to Christophe who was our point of contact for being a joy to work with and for working our wedding to perfection even with his own destination wedding happening a week after ours! More...

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21 September 2014

I hired La Bonne Cuisine to cater a work event for 250. My budget was fairly tight, but you would never know it from the party they delivered. I met with Fernando and Christophe, and was immediately at ease, knowing that they could be trusted to do it right. Not only was the food absolute perfection, but the flowers, lighting and DJ too. They made me look good and all I did was review a few menus. Fernando did the rest. Guests were raving! I have a few events scheduled over the next year and will absolutely be using La Bonne Cuisine again. More...

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19 September 2014

We used La Bonne Cuisine for two corporate events (one at Winery SF and one at the Maritime Museum) in a row with the same group and the results were fantastic! Not only did they make sure the look and feel was completely different, they really went above and beyond with event design. One word of advice, just let them do their thing! I trusted them to come up with a great event within our budget and they delivered beyond expectations. Christophe was great to work with and the food quality was just as great as the decor. Sebastien did an amazing job with tablescapes and both themes matched the venue perfectly. We were very happy with the results and look forward to using them for our next event in the city! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

16 September 2014

La Bonne did a great job for our wedding.  Fernando was wonderful to work with and the presentation was fantastic.  All the food was fantastic except the fish was very dry.  I am assuming this was a fluke because everything else I tried there was fantastic.  I do recommend using La Bonne and I already have recommended them to friends. More...

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10 September 2014

We had a great experience working with La Bonne and Fernando's team. The planning process was great, Fernando responded to e-mails frequently, called when necessary, and made recommendations on both the linens/look of the wedding (we didn't have them do anything but food). He even threw in lighting for us. The food tasting was phenomenal, and day of was great as well. Fernando recommended that we put meat into the standard quiche they had on their menu, and it was seriously the best quiche I've ever had. The vegetables, fish were so fresh, and it added to the taste. Fernando worked with our budget and kept to it. Day-of: the servers were on-time if not early, professional, and smiled. The only thing I noticed was that during cocktail hour, there wasn't much food being passed around. I talked to guests after and they said they didn't eat much during cocktail hour, so not sure if that was a result of slow queue or food coming out, or not enough food for the guests. But if that's the only thing that went wrong that day, then I'd call it a success still! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

29 June 2014

We were looking for a full-service catering company with excellent food and affordable prices - La Bonne Cuisine stood out among the many companies we approached. Oscar was fantastic, prompt, organized, and extremely helpful.  He found quotes for everything we asked for, sent multiple proposals, and patiently made adjustments along the way.  The tasting was delicious (still dreaming about those desserts), and their location is beautiful.  We ended up having a friend cater our wedding, but if that opportunity had not come up, we would have hands-down gone with LBC, and are so grateful for all the hard work they put into our planning process. More...

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14 June 2014

La Bonne Cuisine did a really fabulous job with our wedding and reception at the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco. I knew as soon as I contacted Fernando that they would be very easy to work with. They came up with beautiful details for the reception design we could never have imagined. Sebastien Sange's flowers, in the church and throughout the reception area, plus the bouquets and boutonnieres, were just gorgeous. They are a really great team - very professional, friendly and helpful. Everyone loved the passed hors d'oeuvres served on beautiful trays, and the delicious dinner. Such a delight! I recommend La Bonne Cuisine very highly. More...

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19 May 2014

La Bonne catered a donor appreciation reception for the Tim Griffith Foundation on Friday night at the Autodesk Gallery, and in my 20+ years in the non-profit world, I don't think I have ever been more impressed.  It wasn't just the amazingly tasty food, it was the striking beauty of the presentation and the ambiance that they created with lighting, florals and stones that blew me away!  The staff could not have been more courteous and professional AND Chef Christophe was so generous in helping out our foundation with pricing that was suitable for a small non profit organization.  Listen you meeting planners out there, USE THIS CATERING COMANY!!  You will be happy you did! More...

Reviewed on Yelp

1 May 2014

La Bonne Cuisine truly made my wedding stand out. Have you ever watched the David Tutera "My Fair Wedding" show? You know that part where he walks the bride and groom into the reception hall and makes them open their eyes on the count of three and then they are shocked at how amazing everything looks?  That's how I felt when I saw how LBC had set up my reception hall. Every single detail was in place.  They coordinated extremely well with all my other vendors, and have a great reputation within the wedding industry so they are easy to work with. And the food... the food was actually delicious! I always expect wedding food to be average at best, but they put together an amazing buffet dinner, paired with great wines. More...

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9 April 2014

I had a wonderful experience working with La Bonne. Their food is phenomenal just like Fernando. Originally, I was considering the Dunsmuir Estate for our wedding venue and La Bonne is one of their preferred caterers. Fernando was so prompt, responsive, organized, excellent at follow up, and stylish that I continued to work with him as I explored other wedding venue options. He is a perfect representation of the company. During our initial meeting, Fernando showcased his visionary excellence which is also so clearly performed by all of their employees.  Moreover, their elaborate, creative, and amazingly unique food and presentation of it was/ is icing on the cake for how you envision your big day!I highly recommend La Bonne and Fernando as your point of contact because they are professional, business savvy, well coordinated, persistent (when need be), culinary visionaries, they have exceptional quality food(s) and impressive in every other aspect of your day! More...

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29 March 2014

La Bonne Cuisine truly made my wedding stand out.

Have you ever watched the David Tutera "My Fair Wedding" show? You know that part where he walks the bride and groom into the reception hall and makes them open their eyes on the count of three and then they are shocked at how amazing everything looks? That's how I felt when I saw how LBC had set up my reception hall. Every single detail was in place.

They coordinated extremely well with all my other vendors, and have a great reputation within the wedding industry so they are easy to work with.

And the food... the food was actually delicious! I always expect wedding food to be average at best, but they put together an amazing buffet dinner, paired with great wines.
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Reviewed on WeddingWire

16 December 2013

We recently used Le Bonne Cuisine for a reception that was hosted at our office. I was very impressed with their presentation and I would highly recommend them. We got so many compliments on the food and I had multiple attendees ask for their information. The staff was great to work with and we were very happy. This is a definite 5 stars! More...

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28 October 2013

Planning my wedding from across the country was a bit stressful to say the least. Enter Fernando and Sebastien to the rescue! My venue had 10 preferred caterers and it was clear from the start of my search who was going to be the most professional and responsive to my needs. I think I bugged their team more than should be allowed by a client but they always responded quickly and brought me back to reality when I started going crazy. From the food to the flowers, everything was executed flawlessly!  I feel like everyone really went above and beyond for me, which is hard to find nowadays. More...

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22 September 2013

I had not planned a business event since The Great Recession.  Christophe and Sebastien of La Bonne Cuisine came to my rescue.  Christophe, the chef worked miracles around a tight budget while Sebastien, the event planner created a magical environment.  The party took place in a new showroom in the San Francisco Design Center.  Guests included designers, architects and industry people who were all dazzled by the food, presentation and service. More...

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23 August 2013

We planned our wedding at the Conservatory of Flowers for over 100 people with La Bonne Cuisine. From the start they were so helpful, honest and professional. The planning went extremely smooth and the team was always quick to respond to any of our questions. When it came down to the wedding day the food was perfect and the service was unmatched thanks to their event manager, Kent. All of the design and flower arrangement was done by Sebastien who went above and beyond our expectations, everything he put together that day was like a unique piece of art. Overall, this is an amazing team that allowed our wedding day to be that much more special. We would definitively recommend La Bonne Cuisine, particularly if you're looking for fresh, local and delicious food served in a tasteful and elegant way. More...

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23 August 2013

Just a flat out 5 star catering company. Amazing staff most of which (Christophe and Sebastian) are true Artisans of their craft. Just had them cater my wedding at the conservatory of flowers 3 weeks ago. I had people endlessly go one about just how great the service was (Kent the event manager really handled business), how amazing and interesting all of our dishes were and just how gorgeous the design of the tables and the flowers were. Thanks again to La Bonne Cuisine. You made our day that much more perfect. More...

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3 August 2013

We planned our wedding at the Co